Not only should food taste great – it should also be healthy and, ideally, environmentally sound. This is why we pay close attention to where our products come from and the conditions under which they were produced.
In times of climate change, environmentally conscious action is important. Osnabrück Student Services’ catering teams can significantly reduce the production of emissions by selecting the right ingredients. For example, the use of plant-based, fresh, seasonal and regional ingredients can optimize dishes’ climate balance.
Climate plate dishes (KlimaTeller in German) are part of the MENSA GLOBAL menu. These dishes are prepared in a climate-friendly way and are marked with the KlimaTeller symbol if they cause at least 50 percent less CO2 emissions than an average dish.
There’s an ever-growing demand for organic food, and the dining halls and cafeterias run by Osnabrück Student Services know this. As a result, we are organic certified and use the organic label to mark our organic dishes.
Meat from Neuland
Most of the meat served in the dining halls comes from our supplier Neuland. This company is well known for its species-appropriate and environmentally safe animal husbandry, as confirmed by the Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and the German Animal Welfare Federation.
Dishes containing meat produced by Neuland are labelled with the Neuland logo in the dining halls and on the menus.
Fish from sustainable fisheries
We also pay attention to environmental protection in our choice of fish. We only serve fish from stocks that are not endangered, or fish farmed in controlled aquaculture systems. By doing so, we are helping protect the world’s ocean resources.
Coffee & tea
Organic and fair
Fairtrade organic coffee and tea is offered at all cafeterias run by Osnabrück Student Services, and milk comes from organically farmed sources.
As the largest community caterer in the Osnabrück region, we have a great responsibility for the region’s climate footprint. With this in mind, we choose our suppliers carefully.
Suppliers from the region are given preferential treatment as a general rule. We also mainly use seasonal ingredients to avoid unnecessary cooling, saving energy.
Sustainable waste management
Our dishes are prepared fresh in portions. We calculate the ingredients required every single day. This enables us to avoid waste – food does not end up in the bin.
Wherever possible, reusable dishes are used. Otherwise, we look for alternative solutions. For example, our mug for the ever-popular “coffee to go” is made of renewable raw materials and can be composted. Students who use their own reusable mug for their hot drink get a 10 cent discount.
Unavoidable waste is separated and recycled.
No genetically modified food
There are no cloned or genetically modified products in any of our dishes.